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Title: Predicting the Mass Adoption of eDoctor Apps During COVID-19 in China Using Hybrid SEM-Neural Network Analysis
Authors: Yang Q. 
Mamun A.A. 
Hayat, N. 
Md. Salleh M.F. 
Salameh A.A. 
Makhbul Z.K.M. 
Keywords: artificial neural network;eDoctor apps;perceived compatibility;perceived privacy protection;perceived technology accuracy;perceived usefulness;PLS-SEM
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Journal: Frontiers in Public Health 
Technology plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives. The use of technology-based healthcare apps facilitates and empowers users to use such apps and saves the burden on the public healthcare system during COVID-19. Through technology-based healthcare apps, patients can be virtually connected to doctors for medical services. This study explored users’ intention and adoption of eDoctor apps in relation to their health behaviors and healthcare technology attributes among Chinese adults. Cross-sectional data were collected through social media, resulting in a total of 961 valid responses for analysis. The hybrid analysis technique of partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) and artificial neural network (ANN) analysis was applied. The obtained results revealed the significant influence of eDoctor apps in terms of usefulness, compatibility, accuracy, and privacy on users’ intention to use eDoctor apps. Intention and product value were also found to suggestively promote the adoption of eDoctor apps. This study offered practical recommendations for the suppliers and developers of eHealth apps to make every attempt of informing and building awareness to nurture users’ intention and usage of healthcare technology. Users’ weak health consciousness and motivation are notable barriers that restrict their intention and adoption of the apps. Mass adoption of eDoctor apps can also be achieved through the integration of the right technology features that build the product value and adoption of eDoctor apps. The limitations of the current study and recommendations for future research are presented at the end of this paper.
Web of Science / Scopus
ISSN: 22962565
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.889410
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business - Journal (Scopus/WOS)

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